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Domicile is the leader in creating sustainable, walkable neighbourhoods
It’s a rare thing for a condominium developer to plant its flag in an established neighbourhood and win the hearts and minds of residents. But after 37 years specializing in urban infill projects, Domicile understands that every project must also strengthen the foundation of the local community.
“Our passion is twofold,” said Domicile co-founder and president John Doran. “Building condominium projects with style and quality that add to a neighbourhood’s unique charms and supporting the arts to enrich already lively communities.”
A patron of the arts
In the last year alone, Domicile has donated $100,000 to the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s Capital Campaign. And when residents in Wellington West pointed out that Domicile’s One3One development on Holland Avenue would have a plain exterior wall on one side, Domicile commissioned local artist Adrian Göllner to create on it a public art piece called Swift.
“Domicile sees the value of having public art for their buildings and that demonstrates their investment in the community,” Göllner said. “As an artist, my experience with Domicile has been very good. They’re communicative, understanding and interested in art.”
Outstanding customer service
But it’s a singular focus on the customer experience that Domicile believes makes it unique in the Ottawa market. This has proven to be the case for Marilyn Reddigan.
In 2006, Reddigan downsized from her home in Alta Vista and moved into a condo in Domicile’s The Exchange on Berkley Avenue. After that experience, and researching her other options in the market, she decided that no other developer could match Domicile for its quality and level of service. When she decided it was time to move again, she chose One3One on Holland Avenue.
“I was attracted to Domicile by its reputation for quality and attention to detail, and how well it visualizes the potential of a neighbourhood to come up with designs that blend in,” said Reddigan. ”The customer service staff patiently answered all of my questions and the service guys were always ready, willing and able to find a solution to every settling in problem I had. I was never made to feel as though I was a bother to them.”
Community conscious development
Domicile’s service commitment extends far beyond its buyers. It specializes in what it calls “community conscious development,” working closely with community members, business owners and all residents to build sustainable, walkable neighbourhoods.
This was evident to Suzanne Valiquet, executive director of the Vanier BIA, as Domicile worked to build The Kavanaugh in Vanier’s Beechwood Village.
Last summer, Domicile hosted a summer block party in Vanier to raise funds and add to the $50,000 it had already donated to restore Beechwood Village’s Optimiste Park. According to Valiquet, Domicile’s investment in the community extends far beyond a park. The Kavanaugh, which includes retail space on its first floor, is a draw for new merchants, new jobs and new services for all residents.
“Every time a developer takes on an infill project like this, they are taking a risk,” she said. “Domicile was the first to say ‘we’re going in there’ – the first breath of fresh air that has sparked a much-needed revitalization of the whole area.”
To learn more about Domicile’s approach to urban infill and about current and upcoming projects, please visit www.domicile.ca